Never mind the heatwave, ‘These Halcyon Days’ is playing at the Civic Theatre ~ review by Emma Toner

Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan in These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan (photo Patrick Redmond) (3)With the current heat wave one could be right in thinking that a play indoors would be the last thing you would want to do on an evening of 29 degrees, well you would be wrong! In These Halcyon Day’s case anyway. Such was the draw of this play, the actors performed to a packed house last night in the Civic Theatre.

Fresh from a successful run in New York, These Halcyon Days is back to tour Ireland and runs in The Civic Theatre until Saturday, 13th of July.  Written by Deirdre Kinahan the play features Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan as Patricia and Seán, unlikely friends drawn together by circumstance (they are both residents of a nursing home) who bond over music, dancing and the peculiar condition that is life.  Patricia is a recent resident whose passion and energy rubs off on Sean to the point of getting him out of his wheelchair and even shimmying a few moves!

The pair discuss life, love and regret over tea, cream cornets and Mozart.  Stephen Brennan’s physical portrayal of Seán, a man much older than himself is flawless, his movement ever increasing with Patricia’s good influence.  This is definitely an uncanny pairing and you will know why when you see the play.  Anita Reeves is superb as the bubbly Patricia who ‘never had time’ for love and is now looking back on that aspect of her life with a little remorse, emphasizing one of the themes of the play – you can never be too busy for love and life – it’s gone in an instant don’t let it slip away.

Don’t miss your chance to see this heart-warming play in the Civic.  Despite the context of old age and failing bodies, this play injects a palpable energy into the audience and reminds us that no matter where we are in life there is always time for joy and laughter.

~ reviewed by Emma Toner


These Halcyon Days plays at the Civic Theatre Tallaght until Saturday, 13th July 2013. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are on sale HERE or phone us direct on 01 4627477!

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About Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre's Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs. History The Civic Theatre, opened in March 1999, a project of South Dublin County Council and also grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. The first production at The Civic Theatre Tallaght was Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Aidan Kelly and Karl Shiels. It opened on the 23rd March 1999. Since opening we have developed relationships with most Irish theatre companies and most opera, contemporary dance, ballet and children's theatre companies, developing healthy audiences for these. We are particularly proud of our co-productions – to date we've produced; or co-produced 22 plays, involving new Irish writing. We have hosted wonderful international productions, fantastic local work, and we have had some terrific nights of music on stage at the Civic.
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